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Nokia 6.1 Plus: Reasons to buy and not to buy this latest Android One smartphone

Nokia launched Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus in India today. Both the phones were already available in China in Nokia’s X series. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is available for pre-orders in India and will go on sale on August 30, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus will be available in September. The new Nokia phones come with some cool features like a notched display, glossy back design, and dual cameras.

With a price tag of Rs. 15,999, the Nokia 6.1 Plus makes the competition in the mid-range segment even stiffer. Let’s find out whether the new Android One phone from Nokia is worth the money or not.

Reasons to buy Nokia 6.1 Plus

Gorgeous Looks

The new Nokia 6.1 Plus looks gorgeous with its glossy back and notch display at the front. The phone is also good in one-handed usage because of its form factor. The glass back that doesn’t reflect much gives it a premium look, which is hard to find in the mid-range segment. Also, the FHD+ notched display adds more beauty to the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Powerful Hardware


The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with Snapdragon 636 which is still a powerful hardware for mid-range devices. The octa-core chipset with Kryo 260 CPUs clocked at 1.8GHz offers good performance in terms of gaming and imaging as well. Overall, in terms of performance, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a beast given by its price.

Android One

This one is probably the best thing about Nokia phones. They all come with Google’s Android One program, which means they not only run the latest stock Android but also will get the faster OS updates. The new Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It will soon get the Android 9.0 Pie.

Reasons not to buy Nokia 6.1 Plus

No Fast Charing

The Nokia 6.1 Plus packs a 3,060mAh battery which is enough for a day’s moderate usage. But one thing which lacks here is fast charging. This capacity of the battery can take up to three hours to get a full charge, which can be a drawback for some users, as most of the phones today support fast charging. However, one good thing here is USB Type C port.

Average Dual Camera

HMD has integrated dual rear camera setup on its Nokia 6.1 Plus. The 16MP+5MP sensors with  f/2.0-f/2.4 apertures and 1.0µm-1.12µm pixel size are quite standard in this segment. However, the camera on Nokia 6.1 Plus sometimes fails to deliver the performance that can match to others like Mi A2 or Redmi Note 5 Pro. Same goes for the front camera, which is also not much impressive.


HMD has started a new trend with its X series in China and the same has been brought to India with Android One branding. The new Nokia 6.1 Plus with its trendy looks, powerful processor, and stock Android interface makes a perfect choice in the mid-range segment. With a pricing of Rs. 15,999, the Nokia 6.1 is a good contender, if you are not looking for a camera beast.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.